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How deer damage permit changes will affect farmers

Published Apr. 17, 2015

Saying it needs a healthier deer herd, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is reducing deer bag limits for 2015-2016 and limiting the availability of deer damage permits to certain times of the year.

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Why should you join AgriPOWER? My top six reasons to apply

Published Apr. 8, 2015

AgriPOWER Institute graduate Jenny Cox gives you six reasons to apply for AgriPOWER Class VI.

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AgriPOWER: Springboard to involvement, change

Published Apr. 6, 2015

A blog from recent AgriPOWER Institute Class VI graduate Kent Jorgenson about his experience in the program and why if you have ever wondered what more you can do for agriculture and your community, the AgriPOWER Institute is for you.

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How CAUV’s formula is changing

Published Apr. 3, 2015

The Department of Taxation accepted all of OFBF’s recommended changes: more closely tie tax values to current economic conditions in agriculture; include more recent data on crop mix, prices, yields and production costs, and better represent the true value of woodlands compared to cropland.

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Ohio Farm Bureau makes new CAUV formula suggestions to tax department

Published Apr. 3, 2015

Specifically, Ohio Farm Bureau suggested making the formula better reflect the value of land for farming and be less affected by nonfarm factors.

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An explanation of Ohio’s tax rates, millage

Published Apr. 3, 2015

Ohio law allows for property taxes to be assessed on only 35 percent of the property’s value. Therefore, to determine the taxable value, you could multiply your appraised value by 0.35 to determine the value to which the tax rate will actually be applied.

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Brandon Kern

Working to preserve Ohio’s ag sales tax exemption

Published Apr. 3, 2015

OFBF’s Director of State Policy Brandon Kern testified recently about the need for Ohio’s agricultural sales tax exemption to stay intact. Part of the legislative process is to periodically review tax exemptions to see if changes should be made.

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Tell us your agritourism challenges

Published Apr. 3, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau is seeking input from agritourism businesses on what types of challenges they are facing. Both the House and Senate have introduced agritourism bills, which are based on model legislation developed by Ohio Farm Bureau.

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Thousands of farmers receive fertilizer application certification

Published Apr. 3, 2015

Water quality is one of Ohio Farm Bureau’s priority issues this year, and thousands of farmers spent a few hours of their winter attending a fertilizer application certification class.

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Meeting with Boehner

Published Apr. 3, 2015

Nine OFBF members traveled to Washington, D.C. this winter for their first meeting as members of American Farm Bureau Federation’s Issue Advisory Committees.

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Wildlife Federation blames farmers exclusively

Published Apr. 3, 2015

In February, the National Wildlife Federation aired a commercial on Toledo radio stations that placed blame for algal blooms solely on farmers. Their message did not go unchallenged. Below is Ohio Farm Bureau's response to Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of NWF.

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Ohio revises home sewage treatment rules

Published Apr. 3, 2015

Under Ohio’s revised home sewage treatment rules, homeowners will not be required to replace their septic system “as long as there’s not sewage on the top of the ground, missing parts/pieces or backup in your home,” according to the Ohio Department of Health.

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Dale Arnold

Control your energy costs with AEP’s new farm energy efficiency program

Published Apr. 3, 2015

The program offers options and incentives to fund energy efficiency measures that will help farmers control their energy costs.

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What to do when approached about pipeline easements

Published Apr. 3, 2015

An estimated 38,000 miles of new or upgraded pipelines are in the works. Here are some helpful tips from Dale Arnold, Ohio Farm Bureau’s director of energy, utility and local government policy on what to do if you are approached by leasing agents about pipeline work planned to cross your property.

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Nationwide News: Help us save lives on America's rural roads

Published Apr. 3, 2015

The farmer was driving a tractor with a cultivator that extended about five feet across the center line of a rural, two-lane bridge. The biker was driving in the opposite lane and didn’t see the cultivator. The biker rode directly into its path – killing him instantly.

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Prospective billing for workers’ comp begins in July

Published Apr. 3, 2015

In May, private employers will receive a notice of their estimated annual workers’ compensation premium based on payroll for July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

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What do AgriPOWER graduates say about it?

Published Apr. 2, 2015

Considering applying for AgriPOWER Class VII? Applications are due April 17. Let recent graduates of Class VI convince you!

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Kasich signs workable water quality bill into law

Published Apr. 2, 2015

Amended substitute Senate Bill 1 addresses Ohio Farm Bureau’s top priority by giving farmers time to request assistance. Farm Bureau successfully argued for provisions that allow farmers to apply for reasonable deadline extensions while they’re working to come into compliance.

The bill allows for common agronomic practices that are proven effective for water quality and workable for farmers.

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Buck selected for national agricultural leadership training program

Published Apr. 2, 2015

Dr. Emily Buck of New Bloomington has been selected to be a part of the eighth class of American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Partners in Agricultural Leadership (PAL) class, a two-year, high-level program that includes intense, in-person and hands-on training.

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AgriPOWER opens doors

Published Mar. 30, 2015

AgriPOWER Class VI graduation has come and gone. It’s hard to believe it has been nine months. We began this journey as 19 strangers with a passion for agriculture and personal development, and came out as 19 friends with a greater understanding of each other and the industry in which we all are connected. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to have participated in this program. I have grown as a person, an agriculturalist and a leader. All attributes that will be helpful for the future of our industry and my family.

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Value from the people

Published Mar. 30, 2015

As Class VI of Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s AgriPOWER Institute wrapped up, I couldn’t help but think back to the first session when my peers and I outlined our personal goals for the program. The goals I listed in that July session included learning more about Ohio agriculture and networking with agricultural professionals across the state. I did not imagine in that beginning session just how much AgriPOWER Institute would help me meet those goals.

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2015 County Farm Bureau Presidents Trip to D.C.

Published Mar. 16, 2015

Ohio's county Farm Bureau presidents are taking their annual trip to Washington, D.C. March 18-20. Check here for the latest updates from Ohio Farm Bureau, media across the state and the farmers while on the ground on Capitol Hill.

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Farm Bureau supports new nutrient bill

Published Mar. 6, 2015

Ohio House Bill 61, aimed at reducing nutrient runoff in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB), has earned OFBF’s support.

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Ohio Farm Bureau's State Priority Issues for 2015

Published Mar. 2, 2015

Starting at the grassroots level, Ohio Farm Bureau has set six state priority issues with a goal of promoting agriculture and having workable legislation that preserves farmers’ livelihoods.

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Special CAUV meeting scheduled for March 5

Published Feb. 23, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau’s proposed changes to the state’s Current Agricultural Use Value formula will be examined during a special meeting by the Ohio Department of Taxation’s agricultural advisory committee.

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Leah Curtis

A look at Ohio’s property tax system

Published Feb. 23, 2015

OFBF staff consistently receive questions about taxation issues, and most often, property taxes.

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Do your homework before applying for federal funds for renewable energy

Published Feb. 23, 2015

Farmers and other rural business owners should take their time as they evaluate a federal program that helps them manage energy costs.

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Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler with OFBF Executive Vice President Jack Fisher.

EPA director discusses clean water, oil and gas exploration

Published Feb. 23, 2015

Can we have clean water without limiting our capacity to grow food? Is energy exploration and development possible without harming the environment?

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Amy Milam

Ohio’s Grain Indemnity Fund offers protection to grain farmers

Published Feb. 23, 2015

Grain farmers in Ohio should know there is a safety net in place in case their grain elevator closes its doors. In 1983 the Ohio legislature enacted laws specific to agricultural commodity handlers, including the Grain Indemnity Fund. Here are five things to know.

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Apply to join AgriPOWER

Published Feb. 23, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is currently accepting applications for members of its 2015-2016 AgriPOWER Institute Class VII.

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Nationwide News: Grain bin safety starts with proper grain management

Published Feb. 23, 2015

High crop yields combined with below-normal temperatures and a wet harvest in 2014 have farmers and other grain handlers working with less-than-ideal corn and soybeans. Experts are projecting the deadliest year for grain engulfments since 2010, when 59 entrapments were recorded.

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Where we’re at with water quality legislation in Ohio

Published Feb. 20, 2015

The state legislature is fast-tracking legislation dealing with water quality issues. This week the Senate passed a bill that would ban the application of fertilizer and livestock manure to frozen, snow-covered and saturated ground in the Western Lake Erie Basin. The House is working on a similar bill.

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Top 10 Ohio winter farm photos this week

Published Feb. 19, 2015

The weather has been challenging in Ohio this week, but the work doesn’t end for farmers. Early in the week we shared some winter photos from our archives and farmers across the state shared their photos with us. Here are ten of our favorite. To see the others shared with us search #OFBF on Instagram or check out posts to our Facebook Page.

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Attend a workers' compensation safety meeting

Published Feb. 17, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau’s Workers’ Compensation Group Rating Program members are required to attend one safety seminar per year to remain program eligible. For a list of dates and locations open the document attached to this page or contact your county Farm Bureau for details about upcoming meetings.

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AgriPOWER Class VI learns about local government, local agriculture

Published Feb. 6, 2015

The fifth session of AgriPOWER Class VI Jan. 22-23 focused on local government and local issues in the Toledo area. Class VI focused on local agriculture issues in that part of the state including the water issues Toledo faced this past summer. The class also learned about local government from township, county and city government officials in that part of the state.

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Local government, local issues

Published Feb. 6, 2015

A blog from AgriPOWER Class VI member Roshelle Rowe about the fifth session of the leadership program that focused on local government and northwest Ohio agricultural issues including water quality.

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A look at what’s going on in the Statehouse, Congress

Published Feb. 6, 2015

With the state legislature and Congress back in full session, Ohio Farm Bureau’s policy department has been busy examining various proposals that impact agriculture such as taxes, water quality and nutrient application.

Here’s a look at some notable bills introduced in Ohio and in Congress, as well as Gov. John Kasich’s tax proposals.

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The squeaky wheel gets the grease

Published Feb. 6, 2015

A blog from AgriPOWER Class VI member Kent Jorgensen about the fifth session of the leadership program that focused on local government and northwest Ohio agricultural issues including water quality.

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Help us tell Ohio Farm Bureau's centennial story

Published Feb. 4, 2015

As Ohio Farm Bureau approaches its 100th year in 2019, we are starting preparations to commemorate the centennial by telling the Farm Bureau story through an updated history book. Because this book belongs to our members, we’re requesting photographs that can help tell the story of agriculture and Farm Bureau since 1919.

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Wrap up of largest Young Ag Professionals event to date

Published Feb. 2, 2015

Over the last few years Ohio Farm Bureau's Young Ag Professionals Winter Leadership Experience conference has been growing at a rapid rate. Three years ago there was 150 attendees, last year 280 and this year 540! The conference was buzzing with energy from the growth and for the top notch agenda. Below you will find photos, messages and videos from the conference. To learn more about the YAP program visit the Facebook Page or subscribe to receive emails.

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Join a local Young Ag Professionals group

Published Feb. 2, 2015

Local level Young Ag Professionals groups are popping up all across the state. Each group's activities is driven by those who participate with some focusing on educational activities, some on social activities and some combine both. Find out where these local groups are in this directory. If there is not a group near you contact your county Farm Bureau about starting one!

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Five regional meetings such as this one at Lake Erie Shores & Islands were held to gather input for Healthy Water Ohio.

Farm Bureau helping farmers meet their water quality goals

Published Jan. 19, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau is making progress on its $1 million water quality action plan.

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Restructured Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation has $10 million goal

Published Jan. 19, 2015

Three Ohio Farm Bureau foundations are becoming one this year: The Ohio Farm Bureau Foundation will now encompass the Animals for Life Foundation (AFL) and the Ohio Center of Agricultural Law, Inc.

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Protecting, improving agritourism

Published Jan. 19, 2015

Three Ohio farmers took time out of their busy schedules to testify in favor of an agritourism bill that was based on model legislation created by Ohio Farm Bureau.

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Ohio Supreme Court case examines how grain bins are taxed

Published Jan. 19, 2015

An Ohio Board of Tax Appeals ruling that nonpermanent grain storage bins are not “real property” under Ohio law has been appealed and is now an Ohio Supreme Court case.

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A broader look at Ohio’s tax system

Published Jan. 19, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau is conducting an intensive review of the state and local tax burden on Ohio farmers and landowners. OFBF has hired a tax consulting firm, Howard Fleeter & Associates, to provide estimates of several types of taxes paid by the agricultural sector over the past 20 years.

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Bill will simplify municipal income tax filings

Published Jan. 19, 2015

At the end of the year, Ohio lawmakers passed House Bill 5, a municipal tax reform bill. The legislation simplifies and establishes consistency for the filing of municipal income tax returns.

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When you tell your story, legislators listen and take action

Published Jan. 19, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau Board Trustee Roger Baker was in Washington, D.C. listening to a House panel discussion about the causes of the harmful algal blooms (HABs) on Lake Erie when his ears perked up.

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Areas in blue: Proposed Pipeline Construction

Learn more about 38,000 miles of new pipelines in Ohio

Published Jan. 19, 2015

Over the next 10 years, Ohio is expected to have at least 38,000 miles of pipeline development statewide. Ohio residents are encouraged to attend upcoming scope meetings held by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

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Janice Person

Monsanto expanding its outreach efforts

Published Jan. 19, 2015

During an interview on 'Town Hall Ohio', Monsanto's Janice Person described how she developed a passion for agriculture as she became something of a social media spokesperson for the agricultural science company, which has become a lightning rod among critics of large-scale farming.

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